Ted and I got “Alexa” for Christmas. Alexa is the name of the lady hidden inside the Amazon Echo, a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Frankly, I had never heard of Alexa – or the Echo – until our son Jason put one at the top of his Christmas list. In fact it was the only thing on his Christmas list. I ordered it from Amazon, and that was that. Until Christmas morning, when Alexa turned up as Jason’s gift to us also!
We are having a lot of fun with Alexa, except for one thing. In order to “wake up” Alexa, you have to call her name first, then give a command. The problem is . . . . . we can’t remember her name. And I have to say Ted is worse than I am – a lot worse!
“Baby,” he yells from the family room, “what’s the name of this thing – I want to get a football score.”
“Alexa!” I yell back.
“Yeah! Alexa! What’s the score of the Falcons game?” Please know this is just an example. If the Falcons were actually playing, he would be watching them on TV.
Alexa says, “The Falcons are beating Washington 23 to 17, with 9 seconds left to play.”
Ted says, “Thank you, Alexa.” (seriously, he does this)
Silence from Alexa.
Me: “Ted, you have to say her name before she will answer.”
Ted: “What’s her name again?”
Ted: “Alexa, thank you!”
Alexa: “That’s what I’m here for.”
I mainly use Alexa to play music. “Alexa, play the Beach Boys.” Alexa: “I’m shuffling Beach Boys songs now.” And there follows an afternoon of surfing songs. I also ask her to time things I’m cooking (yes, I have timers on the oven and microwave, but it’s more fun to say, “Alexa, set the timer for 45 minutes!”). Alexa also gives me the weather when I ask – for anywhere in the world. “Alexa, is it going to rain today?” “Alexa, what’s the temp in Atlanta right now?” She will also give me the most recent headline news, movie and book reviews, etc.
Readers, if you share your home with Alexa also, I’d love to hear what you most like her to do. I don’t want “our” Alexa to be unfulfilled and think she’s living with a couple of complete duds!
Islanders are praying for snow! They got a light dusting yesterday, but there’s barely enough to keep the snowmobiles running on some parts of the island, and the reality of an ice bridge this year is getting dimmer and dimmer.
I was SO excited with the response to the “Throw Back Thursday” idea that I’ve decided to add a “Throw Back Tuesday” also. That way there will be blogs three times a week until we return to Mackinac in July!
That’s all I have today. Oh, besides telling everyone how you might use Alexa, would anyone who’s read a really good book lately please share the title and author! I am desperately seeking something to read!
Love y’all, have a good week . . . . and God bless.